Dish Rack Remix

I’m kinda enjoying these thrifty little remixes I’ve been doing lately. First the rusty old soda rack, then the wooden basket thingy and now this… a dish rack? Yup!

When my husband and I moved in together we each brought with us a dish rack from our previous homes. Well, there was only room for one so the other one (probably his) got tossed in the garage for over 3 years.  When everything came with us to the farm house last year I found this little guy in a box of garage stuff = a ton of junk you never knew you had and just want to get rid of.

Being the crafty little critter that I am I was determined to use it one way or another. It didn’t take me but a few minutes to come up with the perfect plan to give this little guy a new life. I don’t know exactly what material is on the outside of the rack but it feels like something in between rubber and plastic or a combo of the two. So, I wasn’t sure that just spray painting it would work. I tried it. It rubbed right off= fail.  Plan B= Spray primer (I had the gray version of this on hand) on it, then the spray paint and just to be sure I sprayed it over top with a clear gloss coat. That did the trick! You can always just keep it as is and not bother with the painting.


 A bright & funky new storage rack for my sewing patterns!

I love how it keeps them all standing up so you can flip through and pull the one you need just like when you buy the patterns in the fabric stores. I was unsure as to how many patterns it would actually be able to hold but You can squeeze more than one into each slot and the width of my dish rack is just right to house two rows of patterns. I stuffed 50 patterns and the rack wasn’t even full so I’d estimate between 65-75 patterns would fit nicely in the Rubbermaid- Large Dish Drainer/Rack I used. 

 And if you run out of space on the inside of the rack you always have a few more slots…

 …around the outside as well!

Hope you enjoyed my dish rack remix and found some inspiration to reuse or recycle something in your home.
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17 Responses to Dish Rack Remix

  1. Jacqueline June 9, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Very cute and clever.. you could also use it to hold fabric’s, or small rulers, ahh the list could go on and on

  2. Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I was reading a scrolling slowly I thought for sure I was going to see rulers and templetes but this was a good choice as well thans for the inspiration I am now off to pin it……

  3. gmp June 9, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    What a clever idea!

  4. Day - NyLA Love June 9, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Very nice!

  5. Kia June 9, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    You have me in the house on a nice Satarday cleaning out my garage 🙁

  6. sandra June 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I just love all ur great ideas and love the colors u use keep sending us ideas

  7. ANudge June 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    You are so clever!

  8. Podotea June 10, 2012 at 1:52 am #


  9. liniecat June 10, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    what a natty idea!

  10. Aixza June 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I love your remixes too! I thought this would also be great for scrapbookers and crafters. It can be used for embossing folders, stickers, etc.

  11. Rejina Tyson June 12, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    You know I’m gonna try this right? 😉 But I’ll probably need like 3 or 4 to make it happen for my pattern collection. 😉 Can’t wait to try it though. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  12. Nicole June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I just started following your blog and I love it! You are so creative. I am in the midst of creating my own blogspot. I have my first child on the way, and I will be a stay at home mother. My request is that you explain how the heck you make time for everything!! I need your secrets by September! That is when I am due:)

  13. jebknitter :-) March 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Great reuse project. Any ideas for storing thread long spools along with the bobbin of same thread.

  14. Anonymous September 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Have you done a tutorial on how to convert a man’s button up shirt to a woman’s button up shirt? Thank you.

  15. Idarean Devers July 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks for coming up with ideas for using think I and no one thought over. I am on my way to try this in my sewing room. Create space I hope for stacking.


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